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Frequently Asked Questions

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Who can join the team?

The Virginia Riding Team is a club sport which means we can take any UVA student. Our riders range from experienced equitation riders to complete beginners. We also take both female and male riders.

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Are there tryouts?

No, there are no tryouts to be a club member, and our IHSA competitors are chosen by our coaches throughout the season.

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In what types of competitions does the team compete?

In what types of competitions does the team compete?

The Virginia Riding Team competes in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA). We are a part of Zone 4, Region 2. We compete in 4 IHSA horse shows each semester plus Regionals, Zones, and Nationals in the spring. The team also historically has competitively competed in ANRCs and the Collegiate Cup. 
The Virginia Riding Team competes in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA). We are a part of Zone 4, Region 2. We compete in 4 IHSA horse shows each semester plus Regionals, Zones, and Nationals in the spring. The team also historically has competitively competed in ANRCs and the Collegiate Cup. 

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Must all team members compete?

No, there is no requirement to compete. Those who wish to compete simply sign up for shows at the beginning of the semester, and the coaches pick the line up for each show.
No, there is no requirement to compete. Those who wish to compete simply sign up for shows at the beginning of the semester, and the coaches pick the line up for each show.

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How often would I ride?

How often would I ride?

Members can choose which lesson package they would like: one lesson or two lessons per week. Each lesson is with a team coach and about 4-6 UVA riders. Additionally, team members may free ride as many times a week as they like, given that their experience level allows them to ride unsupervised. 
Members can choose which lesson package they would like: one lesson or two lessons per week. Each lesson is with a team coach and about 4-6 UVA riders. Additionally, team members may free ride as many times a week as they like, given that their experience level allows them to ride unsupervised. 

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How do I balance the team with school?

Our coaches make the lesson schedule around the students' school schedules. This means that students will never need to compromise their work in order to be a part of the team.

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How do I get to the barn?

How do I get to the barn?

First-year students may not have a car at UVA. Therefore, our team uses a carpool system to ensure that all team members have a way to get to the barn whenever they need to.
First-year students may not have a car at UVA. Therefore, our team uses a carpool system to ensure that all team members have a way to get to the barn whenever they need to.

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Can I compete outside of normal team horse shows?

Can I compete outside of normal team horse shows?

Yes, the team rides at the Barracks Farm, which is a full-service show barn in Charlottesville. That means that team members can lease a show horse for a competition, a semester or a year and compete with a Barracks trainer.
Yes, the team rides at the Barracks Farm, which is a full-service show barn in Charlottesville. That means that team members can lease a show horse for a competition, a semester or a year and compete with a Barracks trainer.

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Can I bring my horse to the Barracks?

Can I bring my horse to the Barracks?

Yes, team members can arrange with the Barracks staff to board a horse. If you would like to do so, feel free to reach out to us ahead of time to begin arrangements.
Yes, team members can arrange with the Barracks staff to board a horse. If you would like to do so, feel free to reach out to us ahead of time to begin arrangements.

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Are there social events?

Yes, our team spends plenty of time bonding outside of the ring. In the past, we have gone apple picking, tailgated at the Foxfield races, gone to UVA sporting events, held mixers with other club sports, and more!
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